Lifetime Achievement Award

The NASP Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes outstanding school psychologists who have had a national impact on the field and have dedicated their professional lives to the development and improvement of school psychology.

Nominations are no longer being accepted for 2021–2022. Nominations were due by Friday, July 16, 2021.

All nomination materials must be submitted in one email to awards@naspweb.org. The nominator will receive an email reply confirming receipt. If the packet is missing any of the required documents (see below) it will be considered incomplete and will not be reviewed.

Who can nominate?

Nominations are accepted from two sources:

  1. State school psychology associations - the State Association President or his/her designee (e.g., President-Elect, Awards Committee chair, NASP Delegate, etc.) may nominate a school psychologist from the state who meets the award criteria. The nominator is responsible for submitting all required nomination materials.
  2. NASP Nominating Committee - The NASP President, Past President, three most recent Lifetime Achievement Award recipients, and Historian may submit nominations. The NASP nominating committee can also submit independent of the state association and should consider reaching out to state associations for additional information for the nomination.

Eligibility Criteria

The nominee must be a practicing or retired school psychology practitioner, trainer, supervisor, state consultant, researcher, or administrator. Possession of the Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP) credential is desirable, but not required. This award may be presented posthumously.

Candidate must have:

  • Served at least 25 years in the field of school psychology
  • Maintained active NASP membership for at least 20 years; must be a current member for fiscal year 2021–2022 (July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022)
  • Served 10 or more years in NASP leadership positions (e.g., committee member, chair, or cochair; interest group coordinator, elected officer, program manager, delegate; task force member, School Psychology Review Editorial Advisory Board, etc.)

Selection Criteria

Candidates will be evaluated in terms of major contributions to the field of school psychology throughout their careers in each of the following areas:

  • Direct service to children, schools, and families by providing school-based comprehensive services (consultation, assessment, behavior management, PBIS, progress monitoring, etc.) and/or administration and supervision of school-based psychological services – 30%
  • Service to the profession through local, state, and national organizations dedicated to the development and implementation of school psychological services – 20%
  • Service to the profession through the development of school psychology training programs or through the provision of continuing professional development opportunities – 20%
  • Service to the profession through research and publications that contribute to the knowledge base of school psychology – 30%

Procedures and Required Documents

Nomination materials must be typed in a 10- or 12-point font and formatted to be printable on 8.5" x 11" paper. The nomination packet must include:

  1. Nominator and Candidate Contact Information Sheet
  2. Candidate's Full Vita (Incomplete vita will not be accepted)
  3. Four Letters of Support
    • These should be no more than two pages in length and should be written by individuals who are knowledgeable about the candidate's professional accomplishments. At least one letter of support must be from an individual in the candidate’s current or most recent professional setting. Letters of support should avoid repeating information in the candidate's vita. They should, instead, focus on providing information about the lifetime of role-modeling this person has demonstrated as a school psychologist using the following criteria:
      • Leadership problem solving skills and abilities
      • Interpersonal skills with colleagues, parents, children, and administrators
      • Respect for human dignity
      • Professional and personal ethical standards as defined in the NASP 2020 Principles for Professional Ethics

Selection and Notification

A panel of reviewers will read and rate the materials and determine the top candidate. All candidates and nominators will be informed of the outcome by email. Reviewer ratings will be completed by late October. The award recipient will be notified by late November and other candidates and nominators will be notified in mid-December. An official NASP announcement will be made to NASP members in early January.

Award Presentation

The Lifetime Achievement Award recipient will be asked to attend the Awards Ceremony and opening General Session at the NASP Annual Convention.

Questions?

If you have any questions regarding the Lifetime Achievement Award, nomination procedures, or eligibility criteria, please contact Elsa Arroyos, Chair of the Awards Subcommittee.

Nomination Resources

Nominator Contact Sheet
This form must be filled out and included with other nomination materials.

Domains of Practice
An overview of the Domains of Practice in the NASP Practice Model.